SEATTLE - The national anthem controversy is polarizing football fans, and even has The Twelves divided.
KIRO7 talked with Seahawks fans – some say they support the decision of their team. But the Seahawks deciding to stay in the locker room for the anthem Sunday has some fans very upset. Some even say they plan to stop watching all together.
Seattle native Eric Petersen says he backs his team. “I think at the end of the day if you have an opinion you want to make a statement about, that's the whole point of the First Amendment,” Petersen said.
But other fans disagree. Thousands commented on our KIRO7 Facebook post. Some 'Hawks fans say they’re done with the team – one posted a picture of the words "I'm out.”
Brina Sanft calls herself a huge Seahawks fan. She also worked on Donald Trump’s election campaign.
“I love the Seahawks, I love this team, I love the owner,” Sanft said over the phone.
She says it was tough seeing her team refuse to come on field.
“I'm hurt, I'm hurt - I believe that two wrongs don't make a right. It made me very sad today,” she said. “Everybody should have a right to express themselves, but at the same time, show respect to our country, our flag, our armed forces, please,” she said.
The president is calling for football fans to boycott teams that protested and many have decided to take that step.
@DesireeSeattle tweeted “I’m done being a Hawks fan after they failed to honor our nation today.”
I am done with being a Hawks fan after they failed to honor our nation today on Gold Star mother's & families day & protested our country— DK Seattle (@DesireeSeattle) September 24, 2017
One veteran wrote on Facebook that he fought for America and sees the Seahawks staying in the locker room during the anthem as disrespecting the flag.
Though Sanft is upset with her team right now, she says she won't listen to the president's call to boycott.
“Obviously not, give me a break. That’s what I’d say to him (the president)” she said with a laugh. “Go Seahawks!”
The Seahawks players said their decision was just for Sunday and it remains to be seen what the team does during the anthem at its home game against Indianapolis next week.
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